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  "Unless the actor is satisfied to be a parrot or a monkey he must master our period's knowledge of human social life by himself joining in the war of the classes."

-Bertolt Brecht

October 25th - November 17th, 2012
at the Manny Fried Playhouse

for the third installment of our annual 
"Black Power Performance Series"

by August Wilson

Directed by Victoria Perez*
Starring Hugh Davis, Alton Bowens, Carlton Franklin, 
Candace Whitfield, and Marcus Thompson, Jr.

November 1st - 17th, 2012
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays @ 8pm
Tickets $20.00 General Admission
or $15.00 for students, seniors, and Subversive Theatre Members
For all Thursday performances (except opening night) admission is pay-what-you-can

Just in time for the elections, this five-character 
drama tells the story of an idealistic Black politician 
under fire from all sides... sound familiar, America?


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    As the second play in Subversive Theatre's ten-year-anniversary season, we're proud to present the Buffalo premiere of RADIO GOLF by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner August Wilson.  The final work by America's pre-eminent Black playwright before his death in 2005, this play completes Wilson's ten-part series exploring the African-American experience decade-by-decade through the last 100 years of American History. 

    Just in time for the 2012 Presidential Elections, this fierce five-character drama tells the tale of a Black politician under fire from all sides... sound familiar, America?  Set in the author's hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the late 1990s, RADIO GOLF takes us into the life of real estate developer Harmond Wilks well on his way to becoming the City's first Black mayor.  But when he dares to question the legality of the City's darling re-development project, Wilks is in for a harsh lesson on all the ways the system can turn on even its most favored sons.

  "That's war paint.  We on the battlefield now!"

    Ponderous and refreshingly unadorned, RADIO GOLF bristles with the author's unmistakable fascination with the many human reactions to degradation of all kinds.  In this -- the final play written before his death in 2005 -- August Wilson masterfully brings together many threads from the first nine parts of his extraordinary "Pittsburgh Cycle" series with heartfelt simplicity.  It is a cathartically beautiful completion of a look back at the African-American experience throughout the Twentieth Century -- a Century of promise, a Century of disappointment, a Century of inspiration, a Century of outrage.  And in Wilson's capable hands, it all adds up to a dramatic experience not to be missed.

"I'm afraid if you look away from what's wrong for too long, you won't look back."

    Subversive Theatre is thrilled to welcome back award-winning Actor/Director Victoria Perez (who directed our critically-acclaimed production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN last season) to direct this urgently-needed new classic of political theatre.  RADIO GOLF stars Artie Award-winning actor Hugh Davis as Harmond Wilks amidst a talented ensemble that also features Alton Bowens, Marcus Thompson, Jr., Candace Whitfield, and Carlton Franklin.

    Set Design is by Michael Lodick (whose sets last graced Subversive Theatre's stage in our critically-acclaimed production of MARAT/SADE last season) with Lighting Design by Emily Pedersen*, and Sound Design by John Shotwell*.

    RADIO GOLF runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm from November 1st - 17th at Subversive Theatre's regular performance venue The Manny Fried Playhouse at 255 Great Arrow Avenue on the third floor of North Buffalo's Historic Great Arrow Building -- yes, we're on the third floor, but we've got a big-ass elevator, so don't let the stairs scare you away!

    To find out more, give us a call at 716-408-0499.

* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective

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